Kenyan elections are most expensive for country and the continent

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A Kenyan election volunteer walks past ballot boxes and electoral material to be distributed to various polling stations in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. Kenyans are due to go to the polls on Aug. 8. to vote in a general election after a tightly-fought presidential race between President Uhuru Kenyatta and main opposition leader Raila Odinga. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Voters in Kenya go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in a fiercely contested presidential election. They’ll also select new members of parliament and local representatives.

The balloting is turning out to be the most expensive in the region.

Public and private spending is at an all-time high.

CGTN’s Vik Chege went on the money trail and filed this report.

Patrick Gathara talks about the Kenyan elections, why they’re so expensive

CGTN’s Rachelle Akuffo spoke with Patrick Gathara, an editorial cartoonist, writer, columnist and commentator on Kenya and international affairs about Kenya’s costly elections.